'Cooling-off period' to restore calm

Human beings are susceptible to emotions and media influence. Hence, the alcohol ban in Little India this weekend will serve as a "cooling-off period" to restore calm.

The ban will also enable residents in the "dry zone" to experience what the area is like without alcohol.

It would help the authorities to consider whether to designate more such zones, or to shorten the hours of alcohol sales.

Affected businesses should be socially responsible and support the temporary ban.

I agree with Mr Douglas Chua ("Careful consideration needed for alcohol ban"; on Friday) that Little India does not belong to foreign workers and is a tourist attraction. But we cannot ignore the fact that public officers were injured and public property was damaged during the riot.

In fact, our Government is trying its best to preserve the area as a tourist attraction.

There is no discord between Indian foreign workers and others because the rioters make up only a very small percentage of the foreign worker population here. And banning alcohol in other areas where violence could break out is not feasible because no two riots are the same.

Francis Cheng

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